It's all good
It is inarguable that General David Petraeus’ Iraq surge plan is moving toward success, and there is no reason to doubt that greater progress is in the offing.
-- Jonathon Strong, Family Security Matters, Aug 15, 2005
Iraq Set to Disintegrate, New Study Warns
That Iraq is threatening to break apart is, of course, nothing new. The Kurds in northern Iraq have established an autonomous Kurdish region. In the south of the country, the Shiites are interested in doing the same. Meanwhile, in the center of Iraq,violence remains part of everyday life as Shiite and Sunni extremist groups continue campaigns of car and suicide bombings.
Fractures, in otherwords, are not difficult to find. And the fractures are made all the worse by the fact that the groups involved rarely have the best interests of Iraq foremost in mind. In northern Iraq, the study points out, the two leading Kurdish political parties are demanding that the city and province Kirkuk be joined with the Kurdish dominated region -- a demand, Steinberg writes, that is likely to increase violence in the until now largely quiet north.
Indeed, the massive attack in the Kurdish area near the Syrian border on Tuesday seemed like proof that sectarian violence is rapidly spreading north. Four truck bombs exploded in villages killing at least 200 people. The bombs were likely detonated by Sunni groups angered by a Kurdish-speaking sect called the Yazidis. In April, a Yazidi woman was stoned to death for dating a Sunni Arab.
-- Der Spiegel, Aug 15,2007